Category: Optimize Iron

Dairy: A Cause of Iron Deficiency in Children?

Iron deficiency in children is often overlooked until an event (i.e. seizure, fainting with emotional exacerbation (crying), eating dirt, chronic infections) occur that force a parent to take their child to be evaluated by a doctor.  And even then, many times their primary care doctor will overlook iron deficiency, all the while the child suffers.  

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Iron deficiency without anemia vs. Iron deficiency with anemia

What is the difference between iron deficiency without anemia and iron deficiency with anemia? Iron deficiency is when you do not have enough iron. This is best demonstrated via a blood ferritin test.  Ferritin is the storage depot for iron. A ferritin below 30 is generally considered iron deficiency.  Most people will feel their best with

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Iron Deficiency in Pregnancy and What To Do About It

With the number of unique dietary strategies and food sensitivities on the rise, maintaining a balanced and robust diet is truly a daunting task for countless pregnant women. This is not accounting for the fact that many women have significant taste, smell, and texture aversions related to food items when pregnant.  All this creates a

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Iron Dosing: The difference between regression or results

When it comes to nutrient absorption, consuming more is not always better. This is surely the case with iron dosing.  Even for those who are iron deficient, taking too much iron can actually make the problem even worse.  In fact, you can suppress your body’s ability to take up and store iron by taking too much,

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What does it mean when serum iron is high but ferritin is low?

This question comes up all the time. Patients are baffled when their serum iron levels come back elevated and their ferritin levels come back low even though they have all of the symptoms of iron depletion. What’s going on? Often doctors or even patients who see this think ‘oh no we better stop taking iron support’

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